UNH Licenses Software That Can Simulate Greenhouse Gas Emissions


Saturday, April 8, 2017

DNDC Applications Research and Training, LLC (DNDC-ART) recently signed a license agreement with UNH for the commercial use of a modeling software called Denitrification-Decomposition, or DNDC. The software was developed primarily with federal funding by the late Changsheng Li, Ph.D., a research professor at the UNH Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space (EOS).

DNDC is a computer simulation model of carbon and nitrogen biogeochemistry in ecosystems. It can accurately simulate greenhouse gas emissions across a variety of environments, under any climatic condition anywhere in the world, to aid in understanding and mitigating global warming. Mathematical models like DNDC are powerful tools that can be used to examine the potential impacts of climate change in agriculture. DNDC can be linked withGeographic Information Systems (GIS) databases that include information on climate, soil, vegetation, and farming practices to run analyses on a local, regional, and national scale. Software models like DNDC are a critical component of land management and decision support tools for developing site-specific eneficialb management practices in agro-ecosystems (an ecosystem under agricultural management) to inform sustainable and economically viable agriculture.

William Salas, Ph.D., president of DNDC-ART, worked closely with Li on improvements and enhancements to Li’s original DNDC model. Salas and Li co-founded DNDC-ART, LLC in 2010 to work on commercial applications of the software. Li passed away in 2015 and this new license agreement defines the company’s rights to the intellectual property and ensures that DNDC-ART can continue to seek out new opportunities, both non-commercial and commercial, for the model. Salas is also the president of the Durham, NH-based company Applied GeoSolutions.

for more information about licensing UNH's innovations contact Maria Emanuel at maria.emanuel@unh.edu | 603-862-4377